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Minimalism Meets College: Minimalist Tips

1. Giant Backpack, No More: Put your large NorthFace or traditional styled backpack to the side, and transition to a lightweight, simple oversized tote or purse-type backpack.

In it, include: a simple wallet that carries importance cards and your school ID; (a repurpose DIY) a glasses case as a pencil case that can hold: 2-3 pens, 2 pencils, a sharpie and a highlighter; your day planner or journal (depending on how you keep track of assignments and things-to-do); your laptop and/or notebooks (if your classes don’t permit electronic note taking); and your room and/or car key(s).

2. Take Control of Your Notes, Structure Over Stress: If you’re a visual or kinesthetic learner, taking your notes by hand is helpful. If you’re an auditory learner, try recording your notes. For ease, designate one notebook for each class to make reviewing and maintenance easier (option: color coordinate too for easy identification). Organize your material by going digital. For each class, create a file for writing assignments/essays on your laptop. This makes sorting through past papers easier and decluttering/removal less tedious.

3. Downgrade Your Dorm: Don’t just leave decluttering for your room at home, take it to college with you. The struggle between your social life and academics is never ending; however, having a clean, organized, simple room (with your own special flare and style) can ease the daily stress of being a college student. Having a space of your own—that embodies your minimalist attitude/outlook—allows you to further embrace and practice a minimalistic lifestyle that is genuine to you. Avoid the bad habit of focusing on and adding décor to your dorm to make it feel personal—it only promotes clutter as you’re not in need of all that décor. Being a college student isn’t easy. Take this as the perfect opportunity for a low-budget, room make-over. In addition, if you’re an out-of-state student who moves out of their dorm every school year, doing more with less in your dorm makes storage and travelling a lot less stressful and easier to manage: you’ll pack fewer clothing items, shoes, health and beauty products; you won’t have to pay so much for storage (especially if you share a unit with other students who might need the space); and you will not leave as many items behind for someone who lives nearby campus to hang onto for you. As a bonus, move-in day will no longer be “move-in week”.

4. That’s Money, Honey: As a given, minimalism allows you to save money. Use this advantage to manage your college budget, you’ll be surprised how much money you might save. Your college budget might not be as small as you once imagined. Rather, your budget will prove to be livable and fitting for your lifestyle. Take this as an opportunity to start practicing financial habits that could carry over into adulthood. In addition, renting your textbooks and/or reselling them is a good way to cut down on buying full price textbooks and not accumulate a library of books you’ll never use again. Try to avoid hanging onto books “just-in-case” someone else might need them. Go ahead and sell, or rent to begin with so you’re not left with that load on your hands. For novels and such, try going digital with your books on a tablet or Kindle—or buy eBooks (if permitted by your professor).

5. Recycle the School Year: Feel free to recycle old notes, exams, and/or papers from courses you’re sure you’ll never revisit. If you feel the need to keep a paper or exam (until graduation or end of the year), digitally save them on your laptop for later use then delete them. If anything, general notes for courses can be found online as well, so try to avoid getting too attached.

6. Apply What You Learn: Reduce mental clutter and apply what you learn after you’ve learned it. This can be done by immediately starting on a homework assignment, assigned reading, or reviewing your class notes after your classes. This improves your cognitive retention about the material, reduces stress when it comes to exam time, and promotes healthier learning habits that can result in long-term academic success.

Bruce Wayne/Batman X Reader- She Seems Interesting

Some of the dialogue is from the movie so DC don’t sue me!! (Please)


Glass shattering could be faintly heard as you and Bruce quietly made your way to the source of the noise.  Once the two of you were close to the entrance of the room, you separated from him and traveled to the storage area.  You waited silently on the highest point of the room and listened to Bruce through the comm.

“Waylon Jones, aka Killer Croc.  Stealing drugs isn’t your usual MO.”

You listened to Bruce’s side of the conversation until the grunting, snarls, and sounds of objects breaking reached the room.  When Croc was in your sights, you dropped down and turned on the vehicle that was right behind him, causing him to be rammed and trapped in between the shelves and the machine.  Croc dropped the bag of drugs and struggled to keep the vehicle from crushing him.  You ran by and grabbed the drugs, leaving Croc to deal with the speeding machine.  You grappled next to Bruce and dropped the bag next to him.

“What’s your hurry, Croc?  I’m not done with you,” Bruce stated.

You jumped out of the way when Croc used his new tail to grip onto the vehicle and hurled it in your direction.  Bruce grappled to the next shelf and landed, but was dragged down by Croc.  You quickly stood up and pulled out your taser.  When you jumped down, Croc noticed you and wrapped his tail tightly around your neck, cutting your air supply.  The taser fell from your grasp as you pulled at his tail, failing to free yourself from his tightening tail.  You watched as Bruce collapsed on the ground after receiving a blow to the head, but continued to claw at Croc’s tail.

Croc grabbed Bruce’s head and started to crush it, “You know, Bats, the problem with steroids is, I get the munchies.”

He opened his mouth and went to bite Bruce, but Croc was electrocuted and collapsed.  When he fell onto the ground, a woman was revealed and holding your taser.  You quickly unwrapped the tail from your neck and tried to catch your breath.

“Hello, my love.  You should have warned your play date, I’m the only one who can bite you,” the woman said.

You gave Bruce a look, now realizing that this woman is Talia al Ghul.  You rolled your eyes under your mask and grasped the shelving behind you so you could pull yourself from the ground.  It was infuriating to know that this woman is here, especially one of Bruce’s past partners.  He didn’t tell you what happened with Talia, but you knew that something happened between them.  It’s hilarious that you and Bruce were actually going to start a relationship and this lady showed up.

You walked up to Bruce, “What’s the plan?”

“We come with her and talk,” he replied and started walking towards the Batmobile.

You rolled your eyes, “Yeah, talk.”


You looked around the expensive boat that Talia owned, not understanding how weird some rich people are.  Yeah, Bruce runs around Gotham at night wearing a batsuit, but at least it helps the city.  These types of situations make you glad about your upbringing.  You lived with your single father in the bad parts of Gotham and helped him out by stealing whatever you could, but that changed when you got a full ride to the college you applied for.  Your degree came in handy when you started vigilantism and needed to make some gadgets, but you became a full-time vigilante when your father passed away in his sleep.  You and Bruce joined forces when he took in the second Robin, Jason Todd.  You raised that kid as if he were your own, but that didn’t stop him from being murdered by the clown prince himself.  It broke your heart that he didn’t trust you enough to allow you to help him, but when he came back as the Red Hood he explained everything.  You welcomed him back with open arms and Bruce raised his fists.  You still manage to visit Jason, but you kept that from Bruce.  

“Would you like a drink?” Talia asked.

“Last time, that didn’t go so well,” Bruce replied.

You raised a brow at Bruce, but kept leaning on a wall.

“Oh, you’re right,” Talia said and placed the drink down. “If I remember correctly I put a little something in your beverage.”

Now you were completely surprised.  You forced your mouth to not form a deep frown and remain blank, but this lady was starting to piss you off.  You looked over to her and saw her very revealing red dress.  When did she have time to change into that?!

“Same way I remember it,” she stated and walked up to Bruce. “It made you romantic.”

It made her a rapist, you thought.  

“It made me do what you wanted,” he said.

“Was it all that bad, Beloved?” she asked and grazed her leg against his.

You rolled your eyes once again and guessed at this rate your eyes would be stuck in the back of your head if you had to listen to anymore of this.

“No, it wasn’t all that bad.”

That one really hurt.  

“Then you remembered our shared moonlight?” she questioned.

You pinched the bridge of your nose to stop you from punching the wall, knowing that it would cause a few problems.  Why didn’t you bring your earbuds today?

“Some of it.”

Maybe because she was sucky in bed, you sassed in your brain.  You had to prevent a smile from forming on your face, knowing that you are hilarious.

“The best parts?”

Oh, Jesus.

“Talia, what do you want?” Bruce asked.


Talia turned away, “My father, he’s dead.”


What other father does she have, Bruce?

“How many fathers do I have?” she questioned

“Sorry, he always seemed….”

“Like you?  Indestructible?”

Definitely not like Bruce.

“Huh, you haven’t seen my x-rays,” Bruce said.

“Maybe you can show them to me sometime,” she flirted.

You rolled your eyes once again and tried to drown out her voice, “You don’t seem all that broken up about your father’s death.”

“There is no time for mourning.  Assassins plan to take over my father’s organization. They are led by a man who Father believed could be his successor, until my father became aware of you.  Now this man wants to kill us,” Talia stated as she walked over to a set of curtains.

“Us?” you and Bruce asked at the same time.

“Not you.  Me,” she stated and pulled the curtain, “and your son.”

“Son?” you and Bruce asked.

A young boy walked out of the shadows stood by Talia.

“You expect me to believe this?” Bruce asked.

“I assure you, he’s yours,” Talia said.

The boy approached Bruce, “Don’t look so stunned, Father.  I thought you’d be taller.”

You smiled at the boy’s sass, but it faded away as you remembered the situation at hand.  


You walked out of the boat, Bruce and his son behind you, and walked past the Batmobile.

“(Y/N), where are you going?” Bruce asked.

“I do not want to discuss this when your son is here,” you said, holding back the tears that threatened to fall.  “There’s no space in the car.  I’ll see you soon”

You pressed a button on your wrist and waited for your motorcycle to arrive.  You felt a hand on your shoulder and turned around.  His son was in the car and staring at the two of you.

“What is wrong?”

“You know what is wrong, Bruce.  You say you love me and then she pops back into your life and has the guts to talk about how she practically raped you.  I’m trying to keep my cool and not make a bad impression on your son, but I want no part in this if you are going to act like you don’t know how I feel.  I have nothing against your son, he didn’t ask for this, but you better know where your heart lies before you ruin mine,” you said and remained strong.

Your motorcycle stopped a few feet away from you.  Bruce remained silent.

“Are you returning back to the manor?”

“No, I’m going to go visit a friend,” you said and got on your bike.  “You better get your shit straight or I’m long gone.”

Bruce watched as you drove away, leaving him with his son.

“She seems interesting,” Damian said from Bruce’s side.

“Yeah, she is.”

“I’ll drive.”


“I know how.”



Upcycled ultra vintage ottoman

Materials used:

Secondhand vintage ottoman - Free

Two pallets - Free

Burlap coffee sack - Free

2 old pillows - Free

Total cost:


One thing we learnt travelling in the van was that if it ain’t tied down to the floor with 15m of rope, a ton of glue or at gun point, then it’s going to fly around like there’s no tomorrow every time you want to move on to a new destination or even head to the shops. With that being said, we had an idea to revamp an old ottoman we found for free on Gumtree to store some of our belongings in, the added bonus being that it would double up as a sofa-type thing for visitors as well as somewhere to hide Lucy’s annoyingly large and ever-growing shell collection.

We picked it up from a very nice old lady who spotted the large van and tried giving us more unwanted furniture. We declined and made a hasty exit before we ended up with a three piece sofa suite crammed into the van too.

The build was dead simple. I cut down some old pallet wood and sanded it until it was clean and smooth. A bag of rusty nails later and the pallet wood was secured to the sides of the ottoman and looking pretty funky.

Next we grabbed an old coffee sack (because we’re cool like that), and filled it with old pillow material. Finally we stapled it neatly in place on the lid.

The whole thing only took a couple of hours from start to finish and what a difference it has made. We now have tons more added storage space in the van and ample seating for two.

Follow the hashtag #Fromrusttoroadtrip to follow our van conversion project and our travels around Europe! 🌍 

bigcavemonster  asked:

What kind of storage have you or folks you've seen use for transport/storage of their table stuff? I've used this small collapsible travel crate on wheels, but I've started requiring more space to pack stuff (the wire display squares, my button maker, prints, buttons, etc). Just wondering what you've used or seen.

Nattosoup:  I’m working on revising my transportation but!

When I was a bit smaller, I used to use the largest rolling bag (a Victoriknox) that Target sold.  I drove with it, I flew with it, I checked it as a checked bag- I went through two (they’re sturdy, but saw a lot of damage).  It worked great for my needs, but since I’m starting to do craft fairs, I want to also utilize large rolling plastic tubs, so I’ll report back with that.

The rolling bags, though, are great, and are probably the next step for your needs.

Kiriska: I think this depends a lot on what your primary mode of transportation is, as well as the type of product/supplies you’re looking to transport. 

Many people drive to cons, so large storage containers are great because they come in every size you can want, are stackable, fit neatly into trunks, truck beds, and under AA tables, and can be wheeled around on hand trucks/dollies or collapsible carts.

Me though, I don’t have a car. I walk, bus, transit, Lyft, and fly a lot, so suitcases are my primary storage transport because I need to be able to move everything in one trip by myself. 

Four-wheeled suitcases are great because they’re way easier to maneuver. I don’t like hard case suitcases because I find they’re harder to pack since you have to fill each side separately and I find them way more fragile than soft case suitcases, but this may just be personal preference.

Within the suitcases, I mostly pack prints in the boxes they shipped to me in. A lot of people do the same for their wire cubes and other supplies. The more things you can put into boxes the better, because boxes are way easier to arrange than loose items usually. Button parts and other non-fragile items are good to put into bags though, so they can be stuffed into corners and gaps. Artists who deal with plush or other soft goods may consider vacuum bags too.

Further reading: #storage

Hostel Choosing Tips:

What to look for when choosing a hostel:

- Type of Rooms: Dorms or private. Mixed or separated by gender. Bigger rooms with more beds are cheaper, and are a good way of getting to know fellow travellers. If you are travelling in a group, large dorms will not seem so bad. You can often get good deals on private rooms off season.

- Location: Check location of the hostel, make sure you don’t lose too much time getting too and from it. Make sure the neighbourhood is good and safe.

- Bathrooms: Check how many people share the bathroom and make sure you are comfortable with it.

- Bed linen: Make sure your linen is given to your for free. Some hostels have an extra charge for linen and/or a towel.

- Free Breakfast: Perfect if your on a budget, you can even make sandwiches for lunch with left-overs. They may also offer cheap lunch and dinner options.

- Kitchen: Save money by purchasing from supermarkets and making meals at the hostel.

- Bar: Some hostels have cheap bars downstairs, not only good for cheap drinks but also socialising with fellow travellers.

- Lockers: Safe storage for your bags and valuables. Some hostels have large lockers for your whole bag, overs have small ones for valuables.

- Storage: Some hostels will hold your luggage if you have time before your next journey. 

- Free Wifi: Save money on phone data, by checking your messages from the hostel.

- Opening hours: Check if the hostel closes and when. If your planning on having a night out or get have a late or early train, you are better off with a hostel with a 24 hour reception.

- Washing Machines and Dryers

- Events or Attractions: Your hostel may host bar crawls or organise excursions for you

- Staff: Check reviews to see if the staff was friendly and helpful, it makes your time much easier when staff recommends places to visit or eat. Saves going to a tourist office.

- Pay: Make a note to whether the hostel only accepts cash payments.

You can check all of these things via their websites, on hostel booking sites, reviews and blogs.

Extra bits to take:

- Padlocks: Not only to lock your bag, but to secure your bag to your bed if no locker is available. If so make sure it has a longer shackle to fit through the frame.

- Cushion: You may want to take a travel cushion, not only for trains, but for extra comfort in your hostel.

- Tupperware: You can make pack lunches at your hostel to take on the road. You might even want to take a small thermos flask for hot drinks or soup.

- Adaptor and extension lead

- Flipflops: To wear in communal showers.

it’s been almost 8 months since my grandfather died. we managed to sort out about 95% of my late grandparets’ stuff, and there were various people renting the flat temporarily all this time, but now my parents decided to renovate it so we could rent it properly.
they went there today to prepare the place for the renovating crew. and my father found my grandparents’ savings stashed in some obscure travel bag in the storage room that will cover about half of the estimated expenses for the renovation.

i’m curious about something booklr

reblog if you use a kindle/nook at all

like if you use something like a kindle app on your phone for most of your reading

and reply with a ❤ if you mostly read hard copies?

anonymous asked:

I know people are hung up on the rv, but where they were it was an extremely practical thing having 5 kids under 10 with them.

I’m not hung-up. I embrace it in ALL its glory. But yeah, it absolutely is. Useful for travel, naps and storage, lol.